Being a Manchester United supporter these days is difficult.
The Red Devils finished fifth in the Premier League, and even an FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace will not be enough to lift the doom and gloom that has suffocated Old Trafford since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson three years ago.
To make matters worse, many of their old boys enjoyed quite a season. Danny Welbeck shone for Arsenal before his injury and Angel Di Maria, their record signing, helped Paris Saint-Germain continue their dominance of French football.
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Now, GiveMeSport will look at the three ex-Red Devils who found the grass to be greener away from the north west.
For years an able servant of the Ferguson era, Javier Hernandez finally left the Theatre of Dreams for a new challenge with Bayer Leverkusen after being told by Louis van Gaal he was free to leave last summer.
The Mexican, who spent the 2014/2015 season on loan at La Liga titans Real Madrid, was sold to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen after scuffing a penalty in an easy victory over Club Brugge in August.
And, though his replacement Anthony Martial took to English football like a duck to water, Hernandez re-established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in European football with 17 league goals from 28 games.
The 27-year-old now looks in fine form and will no doubt be aiming to help Leverkusen build on this season’s third-placed finish. Only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund finished higher.
Danny Drinkwater was let go by Ferguson back in 2012, having struggled at loan spells with Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Watford and Barnsley, and signed for Leicester City on a permanent basis.
And, even though he helped the club return to the Premier League in 2014, few could have expected the impact the 26-year-old would have over at the King Power Stadium.
He could now be heading to the European Championships this summer with England and, though Eric Dier and Jack Wilshere are above him in the pecking order, will be aiming to help his country win a trophy for the first time since 1966.
Drinkwater helped the Foxes win the league by a sizeable margin and could continue to be a key player for club and country for many years to come.
Like Drinkwater, Paul Pogba was let go by United as a free agent in 2012 and his elevation into one of the finest midfielders in world football has been nothing short of exceptional.
The midfielder, who helped Juventus win a fifth league title in a row, could be on the move in the summer with many of Europe’s finest sniffing around him.
Pogba has been linked with a move to Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola a big fan, but who he goes to could be determined by how he performs in the Euros this summer.
There is no guessing what the midfielder could achieve and those at Old Trafford should be kicking themselves for letting him leave so easily.
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